Bicycle Rider Fatalities – Australia – January 2015

Road Deaths Toll Cyclists Killed

The January 2015 road toll data has been released by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. The number of bicycle riders killed on our roads in the 12 months to January 2015 declined to 45. No bicycle riders were killed on our roads in Western Australia but we lost three fellow riders in January 2015 with fatalities in the ACT, South Australia and Victoria. Continue Reading →


Salsa Mukluk Fatbike Build & Owner Review

Salsa Mukluk Sparkly Green Frameset

Salsa Mukluk by Salsa Cycles fatbike build has started :)  This post is about documenting the build of my Salsa Mukluk (2015) as a fatbike and 29+ bike for duties as a dirt road touring bike, a bikepacking bike and for  fun bike playing on the local trails. The Salsa Mukluk will replace my Surly Long Haul Trucker and my 2008 Giant XTC 2 which has been my off-road tourer. My touring preference is more dirt road than it is black top hence the decision to go with the Mukluk. I have also completed the Munda Biddi Trail and I am unlikely to ride it much again plus there is really not much else in the way of single track touring here in Western Australia so the Mukluk is more ideal for me than say the Surly Krampus.

Salsa describe the Mukluk as …

our exploration fatbike. It’s taken a few years, but folks are finally starting to understand that fatbikes aren’t just snow bikes or sand bikes—they’re mountain bikes! … Mukluk is only limited by your imagination. Free your mind, and the experiences shall follow. Mukluk. Destination: exploration.

At this stage I am in the build research phase which this post reflects. Once I have sold off my Surly Long Haul Trucker, the Giant XTC 2 and my Bacchetta Giro 20 ATT the build will go to the next stage. Spending the dollars followed by the build and then bikepacking time :)  First trip planned is taking on the Holland Track.

My original plans had been to build and ride a Surly ECR 29+ but too much time online has led me down the path from the ECR to a Surly Puglsey/Krampus build (Krampug) to this point, a Salsa Mukluk.

I will update this blog post as I make progress on each stage.

This blog post was last updated on February 20, 2015 and at 0 kilometres on the bike.

Latest updates in the frameset section of the post.

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Ortlieb Panniers: What do the name means?

As an owner of Ortlieb panniers, Sport-Packer Plus front panniers and Bike-Packer Plus rear panniers I honestly hadn’t really considered what the names mean but clearly it was causing confusion somewhere as Ortlieb USA have published a nice little graphic explaining the pannier names. The only problem with their graphic is that they seem to have the Sport-Packer Plus panniers as rear panniers when these panniers are really front ones; they have a capacity of 30 litres compared to the Bike-Packer Plus, the rear panniers which have a capacity of 42 litres.  Anyway the chart is handy guide to your way around Ortlieb panniers despite this little error. Continue Reading →